Kangan Institute

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Kangan Institute of TAFE
Established 1997 with historical antecedents from 1925
Type TAFE Institute
CEO Grant Sutherland[1]
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Australia
Campus Broadmeadows, Coburg, Craigieburn, Docklands, Essendon, Melbourne CBD, Moreland, Richmond
Colors Yellow, Black
Website http://www.kangan.edu.au/

Kangan Institute is a Technical and Further Education provider located over a number of campuses in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It specialises in the automotive, aerospace, polymer and transport industries.


Kangan Institute dates back to 1925 was involved in the merger of three major institutes - John Batman, Broadmeadows College and the Richmond automotive campus of Barton Institute of TAFE.

  • 1925 — Richmond Technical School established, delivering motor mechanics training as part of the post-Depression Youth Employment Scheme
  • 1969 — Overcrowding splits Richmond Technical School's secondary education and TAFE functions into Richmond Technical School and Richmond College of TAFE
  • 1970 — Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) transfers its automotive training programs to Batman Automotive College, Coburg. Batman College changes its name to John Batman Institute of TAFE
  • 1985 — Broadmeadows College of TAFE established
  • 1994 — Moorabbin and Richmond Colleges of TAFE merge to form the Richmond Automotive Campus of Barton Institute of TAFE
  • 1995 — Broadmeadows College of TAFE changes its name to Kangan Institute of TAFE, in honour of Myer Kangan OBE AO, the founder of Australia's TAFE system
  • 1997 — John Batman and Kangan Institutes of TAFE amalgamate to form Kangan Batman TAFE
  • 1998 — Kangan Batman TAFE acquires Richmond automotive campus of Barton Institute of TAFE
  • 2006 — Kangan Batman TAFE opens its newest campus - Automotive Centre of Excellence - Docklands
  • 2010 — Officially relaunched as Kangan Institute on 18 February.
  • 2011 — Kangan Institute opens Centre for Better Living department in Moonee Ponds.


Kangan Institute has seven Melbourne campuses. It also provides education to residents over 15 at the Parkville Youth Residential Centre and Melbourne Youth Justice Centre in Parkville.

Broadmeadows campus

Kangan Institute's main campus in Broadmeadows houses purpose-built training facilities such as the Aerospace Industry Training Centre, the Transport and Logistics Centre and the Polymer Engineering Centre. It also holds the Richards restaurant, which trains hospitality students both as waiters and chefs.

Coburg campus

The Coburg campus is situated in Melbourne's northern suburbs and houses Kangan Institute's automotive training course, in areas such as light and heavy vehicle mechanics, vehicle trimming, motor sport and motorcycle mechanics. This campus also houses a new diesel emission testing and training facility developed in conjunction with the EPA.

Craigieburn campus

The Craigieburn offers marketing and multimedia courses.

Docklands campus

The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Docklands is the newest campus. Opened in September 2006 it houses body trades training; incorporating vehicle paint, panel beating and body making.

Essendon campus

The Essendon campus offers business management, information technology and commerce course.

Moreland campus

Situated in the suburb of Coburg, the Moreland campus primarily offers community services and health, language studies and business courses. This use to be the Moreland Secondary College before 1991.

Richmond campus

The Richmond campus is home to study areas such as automotive, fashion and millinery, business and sport and recreation.

Moonee Ponds campus

The Moonee Ponds Centre for Better Living is a purpose built facility for the study of subjects such as nursing, children's services, occupational health & safety, fitness and massage therapy.

Subjects and courses[edit]

Kangan Institute offers nationally accredited courses from certificates to diplomas and graduate diplomas. Courses on offer focus on the following areas:

  • Adult Community and Further Education
  • Automotive
  • Building and Construction
  • Business Services
  • Community Services and Health
  • Cultural and Recreation
  • Electro technology and Communications
  • General Manufacturing
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Horticulture
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Transport and Storage[2]
  • Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services

Kangan Institute also offers traineeship and apprenticeship training in the following areas:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Building and construction
  • Business services
  • Community services and health
  • Education
  • Electro technology
  • Engineering
  • Finance services
  • Furnishing
  • Food
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Manufacturing
  • Metals and engineering
  • Retail
  • Sport and recreation
  • Tourism
  • Transport and logistics

Student life[edit]

Kangan Institute's Student Support and Recreation (SSR) provides on campus and special day activities, discounted trips and tours, free sporting competitions, publications, give-aways, and resources and support to a students at all campuses.

Student awards[edit]

The students from Kangan Institute have won many awards across many disciplines such as fashion, hospitality and automotive. Some of these awards include:

Industry Association of Australia Training Awards

Two of Kangan Institute's furnishing students achieved success at the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia Training Awards in 2006. Castlemaine resident Robert Spencer won the Best Certificate III in Furniture Finishing Apprentice Award while Shannon Richardson was a finalist in the Best Certificate III in Cabinet Making Apprentice category.

TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Awards

An award-winning chicken dish helped Kangan Institute cooking apprentice Antony Campbell to a winning trifecta in the State finals of the Victorian TAFE Apprentice Cook of the Year Awards in 2006.

First Antony, a second-year cooking apprentice from Lalor, won a Gold medal for his special dish. Then he went on to claim the Trophy for the best second-year apprentice.

Fashion International: Your Competition

The 2006 Fashion International competition was held at Homebush in Sydney. Out of eight hundred and sixty entrants from around Australia, six finalists were selected. Kangan Institute Fashion students Tracey Osborne won First Prize for Grand Formal Gowns (winning a Singer Sewing Machine and Singer Overlocker) and Rafik Saad won Second Prize in the same category.


  1. ^ "Kangan TAFE gets new leader". Hume Weekly. Fairfax. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Transport, Logistics and Storage Programmes

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